If you're part of my instagram fam, you've seen me post about sea moss and why I love it. I have never received SO many questions on a supplement. Where it's from, what it does and where to buy it being the hot topics so I thought I would consolidate the basics into a blog post for future reference.
*I am not a dietician, nutritionist or a doctor. All this information is from my own experiences taking the supplement and how it helped my body, along with general knowledge I have learned while researching for my own consumption.
Sea Moss (aka "Irish moss", aka "Irish Sea moss") is an ocean algae that grows along the Atlantic coast lines of North America, Europe and the Caribbean Islands. Dense in vitamins and minerals, sea moss has been consumed for thousands of years, historically in Ireland and the Caribbean. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which has made it a popular natural medicine for people all over the world for decades.
The ocean herb has 92 of the 110 minerals the body is made from including beta-carotene, magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc along with vitamin c, b2, and b12.
IMPORTANT: Sea moss is also a plant based source of iodine, which is essential in helping the body produce its thyroid hormones. These hormones control the body's metabolism and many other important functions including proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy. IT IS POSSIBLE TO CONSUME TOO MUCH IODINE! If you are currently on a medication that includes iodine or for your thyroid you SHOULD consult your doctor before supplementing with sea moss. Fish and dairy products are high in iodine, so if you feel as though you are having issues with your thyroid hormone, I would talk to a professional and ask about the ways these foods can effect your body. If you eat a vegan diet, you might have the opposite issue, or low iodine, in which case sea moss could just be the perfect supplement for you, as I have found with myself.
There are a few different ways to purchase and consume sea moss. The easiest way is a capsule, but it is probably less cost efficient and personally I would rather use a gel in drinks and smoothies than take a pill daily. The second most convenient way to purchase sea moss for consumption is to buy a pre-made gel. This gel can be mixed into drinks with a spoon (or blender if you're working it into smoothies) and lasts normally up to 2-4 weeks in the fridge as a prepared gel. If you would like to get into contact with my personal sea moss gel plug, send me an email through the "Contact Me" section of my website and I will forward your email to her! Sea moss gel must be shipped next day shipping to avoid spoiling and must remain refrigerated afterwards so keep that in mind as you are looking to order your moss!
The last way to get your sea moss is to buy it dried and rehydrate it yourself to either make into a gel, or mix whole into smoothies. If you do plan on buying sea moss dried, make sure you are sourcing it from a trusted harvester! Click here for a link to the "Shop With Leslie" Blog to find Black owned businesses selling their sea moss online in capsule, gel or dried forms. I have never made my own gel but from what I see on YouTube it isn't too difficult so if you're feeling crafty, give it a try.
You may see dried moss in your local health or Caribbean grocery store and that can be a great way to support local business in your community! I have seen a few posts on line bringing attention to a few "fake" mosses on the market and it is important to be diligent when putting new things into your body. If you see local sea moss for sale in your community, look to see if the "sand" particles on the dried algae is actually sand or more of a salty/sugary looking powder. That seems to be the easiest way to check the authenticity of the product you are looking at. If you're not sure, better safe than sorry and check around before you purchase! A serving size of gel is 2 tablespoons, I like to mix mine with my Citrus Greens and Superfoods Powder from Bloom Nutrition (my discount code "C5" will save you some money at checkout- this is a commission support link for me<3) for the perfect morning drink to load up on nutrients right when I wake up.
The most noticeable physical benefit of sea moss for me was how it has aided me through the winter months. After the dried sea moss has been rehydrated and made into a gel, it has a thick and sticky consistence. As you consume the sea moss gel, it helps soothe the mucus membranes in the body and helps your body get rid of any excess mucus, especially breaking up phlegm in the lungs (blunt smokers, I'm looking at you). I also noticed a drastic increase in my skins moisture levels. As you can imagine, Colorado winters are not WAP whatsoever, and the cold dry air was wrecking my sensitive skin. Since adding sea moss into my daily supplementation regime, my skin feels way softer and considerably more hydrated. At first I wasn't sure if this was because of the moss or maybe something else I had changed in my diet, but after reading about its use in lotions and topical moisturizers I'm pretty sure it was the skin saver for me.
So happy mossing! Always listen to your body and adjust as needed but I'm confident you will feel the same benefits I have in the last 5 months with this algae in my diet. Also it gives me little mermaid vibes. so.